Durbin: Republicans are making it 'as hard as possible' to vote

Illinois Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill Grassley: McConnell owes me for judicial nominations Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill MORE (D) blasted efforts from Republicans in various states to crack down on voter fraud on Wednesday, accusing GOP lawmakers of widespread voter suppression.

Responding to a question about a recount in the Florida Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonFlorida not using Broward County's recount tally because it uploaded results 2 minutes late Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP DeSantis holds lead over Gillum after recount MORE (D), Durbin called for a fair count of the vote and an end to GOP efforts to allegedly stifle voter turnout.

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"We also want to put an end to this voter suppression," Durbin said Wednesday. "For goodness' sake, why does the Republican Party think its fate is tied to reducing the number of people who show up to vote?"

"A democracy, if it works, has more and more participation," he continued. "[It] makes it easier for voters to come forward. Yet the Republicans have found ways time and again to impose ID cards, limit the early vote, try to make it as hard as possible for people to vote."

"Clearly they believe that this is the way to overcome the demographics, which are not headed their way," Durbin added.

Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Democrats huddle for 2020 ‘friend-raisers’ MORE hammered the GOP ahead of Tuesday's midterms for alleged voter suppression tactics, particularly in Georgia, where thousands of voters where threatened with ineligibility over registration issues.

In Kansas, a top member of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE's now-shuttered voter fraud panel lost his bid for governor after the panel was criticized as an attempt by the Trump administration to crack down on legal voters.